On the 27th of December the crane for the Student Experience Center (SEC) will arrive. Jefferson street will be closed so that the parts for the crane can be laid out and assembled. It should be erected the same day or on the 28th. Once in place it will start moving the steel for the building into place. Keep track of the progress from the SEC webcam.
Memorial Union “Snow Plow” in action
Snow day at the Oregon State University Memorial Union means everyone from Building Services department has a shovel in hand. Starting before 6 am this morning (December 6, 2013) the crew was assessing the snow condition, monitoring campus plans and laying out a plan of action. The goal is to provide safety for all the visitors to the Memorial Union today. Pictured here are Carpenter and Painter Gary Beedle de-icing the steps, Electrician Don Davison sweeping walk ways and Project Coordinator Stephen Gay behind his “snow plow”.
Closure of Jefferson St. for electrical service to the MU:
December 16th to 31st, 2013.
Closure of the Jefferson St. entryway to the MU:
December 16th, 2013 to January 3rd, 2014.
Alternate pathways to the MU during closure:
Deliveries: 26th and Jefferson corner, with smaller deliveries still being allowed to back in to the dock.
ADA entryway: SW entrance to the Commons is the closest path of travel for ADA, other entries from South of the MU. All North ADA entries to the MU accessible via the North MU Sidewalk, connecting from the East via the South Strand Ag sidewalk, which will begin receiving its temporary protective crane work cover sometime around 12/23/13.
Jefferson St. will be closed to Waldo Place for crane erection from December 16th to 27th, 2013.
Waldo Place will be closed from December 17th and 18th, 2013.
Above is the schedule of events that will be taking place outside the Jefferson St. entry to the MU over Winter Break.
Coordination for these events is taking place now. Some other items of interest from the construction OAC meetings:
Student Experience Center:
3 wall pours down, one to go
Schedule issues with accomplishing all the tasks on time so the crane arrival is not thrown off
Form builders working Fri-Sat this weekend to keep to schedule
Crane still scheduled to be built before Christmas (12/21-23)
OSHA recordable accident on site this week, back strain injury, not serious
Possible delay on covered walkway as well, scheduled for 12/23 at this time
Memorial Union East Wing:
Last of MU prep to happen by 12/16 for electrical service installation
Light Room move
Temporary bike rack – remove
Relocate newspaper boxes (again)
Fencing and electrical install tasks begin 12/16
Entrance closed entire winter break (12/16 – 1/6)
MURFS and food vendor’s delivery coordination in place (thanks, Robyn!)
Architectural demo behind stage begins latter part of January
Deb, if you provide the EMS schedule for the Ballroom for January I will forward
Contract in place soon
The annual Children’s Holiday Party is scheduled for December seventh this year. The event is for children from ages 5 to 10 with check in from 12 to 12:30 PM and activities from 12:30 to 4 PM. Pre-register online at: oregonstate.edu/mupc/childrens-party
This is the oldest ongoing program organized by the Memorial Union Program Council (MUPC). The first one took place in 1950. MUPC’s first advisor was Leone Johnson who started in 1948 and created MUPC that same year. Mrs. Johnson was know by her students as Mrs. J.
“The first Holiday party featured ice cream and cake served in the tearoom (MU 109) and a small program featuring a visit from Santa Claus was presented in the main lounge. It was a thrilling affair for me with our program council student having the time of their lives entertaining the little kids”, Mrs. J. recalls. “The Major (Ed Allworth, first director of the Memorial Union was know as “the Major” by many on campus), had his grandchildren there and a large group of staff children was on hand.”
Below is a photo of one of the first Children’s Holiday Party events in the MU Lounge. Standing in front of the children in the white night gown is Jane Goudy, MUPC’s student coordinator of the event. Jane is the mother of Joyce Goudy Powell, who was also an MUPC student coordinator during her time at OSU. The Memorial Union Powell Leadership center is named after her.
Student Experience Center:
- Strand Hall construction starts the first of the year at the North end. Coordination of work with Strand is planned.
- Salvaged wood priorities still need clarification. Red oak quantity is limited with use on stairs. Memorial Union has continually requested this wood be used for furniture.
- 1st and 2nd wall pours are done.
- This building will use traction elevators instead of piston driven. Clarifications id package close to completion.
- Building permit is close to approval.
- Value engineering still underway, many items deferred until information requests fulfilled. Two items of note:
- West Canopy benches still in review, with the generation of additional design iterations. Architect wants to hold onto bulb-out as a design element, Memorial Union continues to advise to keep length and lose bulb-outs. Impasse? Not yet. How about asking the Architect to draw in in the additional canopy furniture so we are not looking at these designs in isolation? Then we might be able to see the true picture of the area and make a decision rather than waste more design time.
- Stainless screen material substitution has not yielded a significant dollar amount, Memorial Union requests the stainless material not be substituted.
- Craft Center equipment identification process is underway for ACCO MEP to know which specific equipment goes where, its electrical connections, special needs like hoods or exhaust.
- SEC Furniture meeting set for 12/4.
- Opsis to clarify with artist what the plan is for attaching the art work to the building structure. Credits and add alternates to follow.
- Opsis working with Eric Utter to get design completed on schedule.
- RFI list is still less than one page, which shows the excellent coordination going on between Owner, Architect and Contractor.
Memorial Union East Wing (MUE):
- Contract in review by Oregon State University (OSU)
- Building permit partially complete.
- Many product submittals due in next two weeks.
- 12/10 Historic Review Commission meeting to review relocated emergency generator.
- Jefferson St. to close for 2 – 3 days for electrical service to be bored under street, sidewalk and landscaping to new service transformer locations in south MU planting area.
- Jefferson St. entrance to be closed throughout Winter Break, from 12/16 – 1/5, estimated. Formal notification to come once, dates are worked out with subcontractors.
- Work in the building to clear area for electrical service equipment almost complete. Light Room is last to move. Setting dates now.
- MURFS, food vendors and OSU Catering have provided schedules for this effort.
- Awaiting word from ACCO whether any demo and prep of walls, etc. of electrical service area is to be expected over Winter Break. Will affect project scheduling for MU Building Services, Event Services. Credits,
- MUE Furniture follow-up meeting scheduled.
- MU supplied doors meeting resistance as design elements for Room 49. Handing issues, general condition, significant glazing change and acoustical properties causing concern. ACCO will provide pricing for new vs. reconditioning the MU doors to new service so MU can decide if they really want these doors to be used in this location.
- Art glass from Germany for Room 49 wall a very long lead item and risky as an element in a wall designed for a high level of acoustic deadening. Review of wall acoustic criteria requested.
- Laser level reveals significant grad issues in MUE floor slabs. In one location in the multi-purpose room, the grade changes 1 ¾” in 11 feet. Opsis and ACCO looking into several ways to remedy the problem, as well as cost of remedies vs. installing a wooden floor on uneven sleepers.
- OSU is looking into changing keyways throughout the MU. OSU will order keyway cores for MUE.
- ACCO leading meeting to review Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler conditions ties to the MU building and coordinate shutdowns before work takes place.
- Several early work assignment (EWA) outstanding issues resolved:
- 109 door
- 109 strobe
- Stairwell paint finish
- Many Hands door bumpers
Communication is becoming more visual. People today have many channels to communicate to each other. It could be person-to-person, email, social media, and more. To attract peoples attention videos are a grown avenue of tell our story. Over the last year and half, the Memorial Union has been using talented students to help us communicate through videos. Each week I want to take some time to show case at least one of these videos. This week I have links to 5 videos created over the last year highlighting units within the organization. Enjoy.
Center for Leadership Development by James Thomas
Craft Center by Patricia Djuhadi
MU Building Services by Joseph Long
Design Studio by Natasha Raines
Student Experience Center History by Julie Knapp
Last spring term, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the start of the Student Experience Center. Student leaders began working on creating a home for student programs and services in 2006. Many of the past leaders were at attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony. Here area some of their thought about this new building on the OSU campus. VIDEO LINK
- SEC Construction continues to be on Schedule and on Budget
- SEC foundation walls will start being poured tomorrow
- Removal of the shoring metal around the elevator foundation will be removed next week. This process will cause some noise since they are vibrated when removed.
- Asbestos abatement in the MU East Wing will finish today.
- Demolition will begin in the MU East Wing on Monday
A tin of student’s pennies placed in the SEC foundation to represent student support for the building. Read all about it in the Daily Barometer.
This is week five of fall term here at Oregon State University and the end of the week we have three major celebration coming together: Halloween, Beaver Nation Football home game and Dad’s and Family Weekend. The student community is spreading the word on how beavers can #beSAFE, #beSMART, #takeCARE and #thinkCOMMUNITY. Three students from the Student Events and Activities Center (SEAC); Vania, Alan and Fatima have create a video to get the word out.
Check out their video by clicking on the #beBEAVERBOLD icon above or follow this link: http://youtu.be/e3cgYuVX1cw
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The hub of the Oregon State University campus is getting a remake – and a new home for student programs.
Construction began this month on a $42 million project that will add a four-story Student Experience Center to campus. Located on the site of the old Beaver Store parking lot, the 90,000-square-foot building will house many of the student programs now residing in the Memorial Union, MU East and Snell Hall. Student fees are funding the project.
“In all, some 28 programs will relocate to the Student Experience Center when it is completed,” said Michael Henthorne, executive director of the Memorial Union. “A neat facet to the project will be construction of a plaza, which is an 8,000-square-foot canopy that will link the new center with the Memorial Union and host student and university events.
“A rain-protected, outdoor space was the number one student-requested improvement,” Henthorne added.
Among the programs that will be housed in the new Student Experience Center are the Associated Students of OSU, the Memorial Union Program Council, International Students of OSU, Student Media, Diversity Development, the Student Sustainability Initiative and others.
The building will also include a reflection space and several lounge areas.
The site of the former Beaver Store, which is relocated to a new space at the parking garage, will be remodeled, Henthorne said. When construction is completed, the space will include a 350-seat meeting facility, several student lounges, a new restaurant operated by the Memorial Union called North Porch Café, and a dance rehearsal space that can double as meeting space.
Portions of the Memorial Union will be remodeled, with some projects beginning now, and others after the completion of the Student Experience Center, when student programs and organizations relocate.
Among the new features of the Memorial Union:
- Many Hands Trading will lease a space beginning this fall;
- OSU Printing and Mailing will open a new retail and service headquarters this fall, including a full post office and package mailing center;
- The University ID Center will relocate to the MU in 2015;
- A new “high-tech” meeting facility will be installed in 2015;
- A family-friendly study lounge will open in 2015 with child resources for parents accompanied by small children.
If you have been in Corvallis that last few days, you know we have had a lot of rain. With over 3 inches of rain, shattering a 102-year-old record.
Seeing student activities in the Memorial Union Quad during these down pours is a vivid reminder why one of the most popular elements of the new construction next to the Memorial Union is an 8,000 square foot covered plaza.
Construction of the new Student Experience Center and covered plaza is scheduled to be completed in December of 2014. You can watch construction progress via a webcam.
An Ode to Fall in the MU
(Cadence to T’was the Night Before Christmas)
T’was the week before school starting, and all through the MU
Every person was stirring, especially the building crew
With Many Hands fully stocked and Buenos smells in the air
Everyone was sure the lines of students soon would be there
The student employees are ready, all pumped up from words said
As training goes on and on (and on) in our heads
With summer days gone, and START nearly a wrap
We all have awoken from our long summers nap (ha-ha)
When out on the Quad there came such a sound
It was the Beaver Community fair and a DJ Battle ground
No matter how tightly our windows are closed together
We cannot avoid the sound of the giant metal woodpecker
The harvest moon will soon rest on raindrops falling slow
As Fall sounds of “Go Beavs” echo with an orange glow
And what should are wanderings eyes focus on
But the beautiful new Beaver on the helmets we now don
With big bucky teeth and the orange color of a new penny
I knew in a moment it must be the new Benny
More pointy than before his nose has become
But in the end we will like him because he’s the only one
Now MU, now SLI, now Student Media
On Craft Center, On Basement, on Marketing and help me Wikipedia
To the start of the term, to the first day of class,
Now come on team let’s just kick some…butt.
Happy Fall Term everyone – and to Fall a GOOD LUCK!!!
A little Monday Humor from,
Eric Alexander (yes, I was avoiding writing my dissertation yesterday)
For those Parents and Family members that didn’t see this on the Parents and Family Association Newsletter, I want to welcome you and your student to the Beaver Family!
The term is under way and the OSU campus is full of life again! My name is Michael Fashana and as your students Memorial Union President I want to take this time to welcome everyone to another beautiful Fall term at Oregon State University. It is an exciting time when students are returning or joining us for the first time as Beavers. Whether in or outside the classroom, OSU has the programs and resources to support your students in all facets of their student and personal lives. Encourage your students to not be afraid to ask for assistance or seek out new opportunities during this stimulating transition period. The assistance they receive and the opportunities they dare to take will prove to be beneficial well beyond you and your families expectations. Be sure to advise your students to use such resources as — http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/— or Dixon Recreational Center to meet all your needs. The opportunities that will present themselves can range from serving the community with The Center for Civic Engagement, to getting involved with student government on campus though the Associated Students of OSU. Whatever it may be, I encourage you to support your students to push the boundaries of their comfort zone to try and better themselves.
As our returning and new students strive for excellence, I urge the Parents, families and support systems of these students to do what you can to encourage and support your student in their college career. You will soon learn that time flies and no period in your life will be as filled with such amazing people and opportunities as this time in your life. I hope all staff, faculty, and students are transitioning into the Fall 2012 Academic term well and would like to extend to you the offer to stop my office in the Memorial Union, room 103, to ask for help in finding any of these resources or opportunities.
Thank you and don’t forget to use these things to continue on your quest to #BeBeaverBold
Michael Ryan Fashana
Memorial Union President
ASOSU, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Memorial Union Organization invite you to watch the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates in the MU Commons October 3rd, 16th, 22nd and the Vice Presidential Debate on October 11th (All from 6-7:30pm). Enjoy the debates on the projector and three large flat screens in the company of politically interested Beavers!
Help shape the future of our Memorial Union by serving on the Advisory Board!
The MU Advisory Board is currently seeking applicants to represent the three branches of the Memorial Union Organization: Student Leadership and Involvement, Student Media, and the Memorial Union Facilities and Services. As a member of the board, you will:
- Help to approve the operating budget of the MU Organization
- Ensure fiscal responsibility within the organization
- Establish and maintain dialogue with campus organizations and the OSU community
- Review and approve policies of the organization as well as grant exceptions to the policies, as needed
- Help to formulate the long-range vision of the organization!
- Provide input and direction for the Student Experience Center and MU East construction projects (Construction Sub-Committee opportunity BELOW)
*Board meetings are 1-2 hours on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
Apply at: http: //mu.oregonstate.edu/boardapplication
Contact me with any questions. Go Beavs!
Michael Ryan Fashana
Memorial Union President | Oregon State University
103 Memorial Union | Office: 541.737.1564 | Personal: 503.957.4347
MUPresident@oregonstate.edu | mu.oregonstate.edu | blogs.oregonstate.edu/mupresident
It seems these days everyone is going Greek! As the 2012-2013 Academic years starts, so does Greek Life begin its Rush events and activities. In addition to Greek life Recruitment, the Memorial Union’s own Pangea Cafe is going Greek for a week! Pangea Café will be honoring the Greek culture with food from the region!
Week 1 (Sept. 24-28th) Pangea Cafe in the Memorial Union,
Pangea will be featuring Greek food items and entrees on their menu next week! On the east side of the Mezzanine in the Memorial Union they will have:
-& Much MUCH More!
Weeks 1-2 (Sept. 24 -Oct. 2nd) Greek Life Rush/Recruitment,
The Center for Fraternity and Sorority life will be pushing forward with their G campaign to promote the various types of Fraternities and Sororities here at Oregon State University. Several different branches encompass the whole of the Greek Community:
-National Pan-Hellenic Council (Divine Nine)
-Unified Greek Council
-Greek-lettered Organizations without Council Membership
Check-out both to be intentional about filling your stomach and your free time
Come out for “Get Naked in the Quad” in an attempt to set a Beaver Record for number of individuals drinking orange juice at one time! At 9am in the Memorial Union Quad, Naked Orange juice will be provided by Pepsi to POWER us to our goal. Join us to define how to #BeBeaverBold and Be Counted as a member of The Beaver Zone!!
Come check out The Beaver Advantage: Be Orange Beyond the Classroom to participate in a fun interactive morning to learn about student life outside of the classroom.
From 9:30am- 12 noon the Memorial Union will be home to more than (20) twenty (30) thirty minute sessions providing students opportunity to participate in interactive conference style presentations that will help define the pathway to involvement outside of the classroom. This time frame will also include a campus wide bike tour and a showcase of OSU After Dark, MU Retail Foods, and the Basement in the MU Ballroom- games, music, free food for everyone! At 11:00 the OSU Cultural and Resource Centers will be in the MU Quad to provide a connection to all of the great programs, resources and community that happen at the centers.
-Beaver Record Attempt
Most PPl Drinking Orange Juice at one time
-20+ Interactive Session for Involvement
Learn how to get involved and network @ OSU
-After Dark in the Light
Music, Games & Free Food